Theme decks are 60-card pre-constructed decks sold alongside the release of a Pokémon TCG set, packaged commonly with a holographic card, a coin, a rulebook, and playing materials. They are mainly comprised of cards from the sets they are affiliated with and contain multiple copies of the same cards with up to 30 Energy. Two theme decks are usually issued with each set, though up to five have been released with certain sets before.
Each pre-constructed deck is designed after certain elemental types, such as Water and Grass-type Pokémon, and sometimes secondary themes related to the parent sets, such as Gym Leaders or Starter Pokémon. Theme decks often focus on two evolutionary lines, with the highest stages of evolution featured on the packaging.
The primary purpose of purchasing theme decks is to learn how to play and practice the card game using pre-assembled decks. However, the decks are not meant for competitive play and never involve advanced strategies. For advanced players, theme decks occasionally contain a few powerful cards needed in competitive decks that may be difficult to obtain out of booster packs. For collectors, the decks are packaged with special coins and sometimes contain exclusive holo and non-holo versions of cards that cannot be found anywhere else.
- 2-Player Starter Set – – semi-exclusive holo 1st edition Machamp, rare Super Energy Removal
- Blackout – – holo Hitmonchan, rare Super Energy Removal
- Brushfire – – holo Ninetales, rare Lass
- Overgrowth – – holo Gyarados, rare Beedrill
- Zap! – – holo Mewtwo, rare Computer Search
- 2 Player CD-ROM Starter Set – – semi-exclusive holo 1st edition Base Set Machamp with exclusive galaxy holofoil treatment
- Grass Chopper – – holo Clefairy, rare Super Energy Removal
- Hot Water – – holo Poliwrath, rare Pokémon Trader
- Lightning Bug – – holo Chansey, rare Beedrill
- Psych Out – – holo Wigglytuff, rare Computer Search
- Brock – – holo Brock’s Rhydon, rare Brock
- Misty – – holo Misty’s Tentacruel, rare Misty
- Lt. Surge – – holo Lt. Surge’s Magneton, rare Lt. Surge
- Erika – – holo Erika’s Vileplume, rare Erika
- Koga – – holo Koga’s Beedrill, rare Koga
- Sabrina – – holo Sabrina’s Alakazam, rare Sabrina
- Blaine – – holo Blaine’s Arcanine, rare Blaine
- Giovanni – – holo Giovanni’s Persian, rare Giovanni
- No theme decks released.
- Dark – – holo Dark Typhlosion, rare Dark Magcargo
- Light – – holo Light Azumarill , rare Light Machamp
- Lava – – exclusive non-holo Charizard variant, rare Pokémon Trader, random reverse holo
- Turmoil – – exclusive non-holos Dark Blastoise, Dark Raichu variants; rare Magneton; random reverse holo
- Echo – – rares Alakazam, Clefable; random reverse holo
- Electric Garden – – rares Vileplume, Weezing, Raichu; random reverse holo
- Abyss – – rares Ninetales, Porygon2, Kingdra; random reverse holo
- Rock Garden – – rares Nidoking, Blissey, Exeggutor; random reverse holo
- Eeveelution – – rares Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon; random reverse holo
- Mind Machine – – rare Xatu, random reverse holo